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Stormfront Studios Inc.
Type Private
Founded San Rafael, California (1988)
Headquarters San Rafael, California
Key people Don Daglow, President & CEO
Industry Software & Programming
Products The Spiderwick Chronicles Sierra
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers EA
Blood Wake Microsoft
NASCAR Racing series EA Sports
Madden Football EA Sports
Neverwinter Nights MMORPG on AOL
Tony La Russa Baseball SSI
Gold Box Dungeons and Dragons Games, SSI
Various Interactive Television demos
Revenue N/A
Employees ~50 (2007)
Website http://www.stormfront.com

Stormfront Studios was a video game developer based in San Rafael, California which had one of the longest creative histories in the industry. In 2007, the company had over 50 developers working on two teams, and owned all its proprietary engines, tools and technology. As of the end of 2007 over fourteen million copies of Stormfront-developed games had been sold. As of March 31, 2008, they are out of business.

The company received major awards and award nominations from The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, G4 Television, BAFTA, The IGDA Game Developers Choice Awards, The EMMA Awards, SCEA, the Software Publishers Association and many magazines and websites.

In 2008 Neverwinter Nights was honored (along with Everquest and World of Warcraft) at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for advancing the art form of MMORPG games. Don Daglow accepted the award for project partners Stormfront Studios, AOL and Wizards of the Coast.

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History

Stormfront was founded in 1988 by Don Daglow, who had worked as a game programmer and then as Director of Game Development at Mattel Intellivision, as a producer at Electronic Arts, and as a production executive at Broderbund. Stormfront's management includes veterans of Disney, Electronic Arts, Ensemble Studios, LucasArts, Origin Systems, THX, Vivendi Universal and Warner Bros..

Stormfront was originally founded as Beyond Software, but changed its name in 1991 when the trademark for Beyond proved difficult to enforce.

Highlights 1988-1993

  • Neverwinter Nights. Daglow had worked on game projects with Kathi McHugh and Steve Case of AOL (then called Quantum Computer Services) since early in AOL's history. Apart from baseball, Stormfront's initial projects were a series of online titles for AOL, including the first original play-by-email game, Quantum Space (1989) and later the first graphical MMORPG, the original Neverwinter Nights (1991-1997). Neverwinter Nights held the all-time record as the top revenue-producing online RPG for almost ten years until the success of Ultima Online in the late 1990s. BioWare subsequently purchased the rights to the name, and built a new generation of award-winning multiplayer RPG's set in the Neverwinter universe.
  • Tony La Russa Baseball. Upon its founding in 1988 Stormfront's first project was a baseball title, which over the following eight years was to become the Tony La Russa Baseball series of games, working closely with baseball manager Tony La Russa. La Russa remains a member of the company's Board of Directors today. Daglow had previously designed or co-designed a number of baseball games, including Baseball, Intellivision World Series Baseball and Earl Weaver Baseball, the latter two with programmer Eddie Dombrower.
  • Gold Box D&D Games. In 1990 the company began working with SSI on a series of Gold Box Dungeons and Dragons RPG games. This led to the company's first #1 hit, Gateway to the Savage Frontier (1991), and the first game where an AI character might fall in love with the player (depending on how they reacted to situations in the game), Treasures of the Savage Frontier (1992).
  • Stronghold (1993). The first RTS game to use a 3D perspective, Stronghold also featured a GUI interface in an era when most games continued to use text menus.

Highlights 1994-1999

Highlights 2000-2005

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). Published by Electronic Arts for PS2, Gamecube. and Xbox and based on the Peter Jackson film from New Line Cinema. One of the top-selling games of both 2002 and 2003, The Two Towers allows players to join Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring in their quest to save Middle-earth from Sauron. Players can fight as Aragorn, Legolas or Gimli in this epic adventure that features scenes and music from the first two movies in the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, battling Orcs including the Uruk-hai, Ringwraiths and more. Players play a pivotal role in the defense of Helm's Deep. The game features extensive unlockable content, including exclusive interviews with the stars of the films. Winner, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering.
  • Blood Wake for Xbox (2001). A featured title in Microsoft’s launch of the Xbox, Blood Wake is a fast-action naval combat game with real wakes and waves and the most striking water effects created on a video game console. The game later became part of the Xbox Platinum line of classic hits.
  • Demon Stone (2004). Published by Atari for PS2, Xbox and PC. Players can switch which of the three main characters they control “on the fly” at any moment to battle an onslaught of enemies. The game was nominated for multiple Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Interactive Achievement Awards and BAFTA Awards.

Highlights 2006-2008

Interactive TV

Stormfront had an ongoing involvement in the development of games for Interactive TV since its first experiments on Florida cable systems in 1990, and produced demos for companies including OpenTV.

List of Stormfront Titles

References

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Stormfront Studios Inc.
Stormfront Studios Inc.'s company logo.
Founded 1988
Founder(s) Don Daglow
Located San Rafael, California, USA
Website http://www.stormfront.com
Closed March 31, 2008

Stormfront Studios was a video game developer based in San Rafael, California which had one of the longest creative histories in the industry. In 2007, the company had over 50 developers working on two teams, and owned all its proprietary engines, tools and technology. As of the end of 2007 over fourteen million copies of Stormfront-developed games had been sold. As of March 31, 2008, they are out of business.

The company received major awards and award nominations from The Academy of Interactive Arts Sciences, G4 Television, BAFTA, The IGDA Game Developers Choice Awards, The EMMA Awards, SCEA, the Software Publishers Association and many magazines and websites.

In 2008 Neverwinter Nights was honored (along with Everquest and World of Warcraft) at the 59th Annual Technology Engineering Emmy Awards for advancing the art form of MMORPG games. Don Daglow accepted the award for project partners Stormfront Studios, AOL and Wizards of the Coast.

History

Stormfront was founded in 1988 by Don Daglow, who had worked as a game programmer and then as Director of Game Development at Mattel Intellivision, as a producer at Electronic Arts, and as a production executive at Brøderbund Software. Stormfront's management includes veterans of Disney, Electronic Arts, Ensemble Studios, LucasArts, Origin Systems, THX, Vivendi Universal and Warner Bros..

Stormfront was originally founded as Beyond Software, but changed its name in 1991 when the trademark for Beyond proved difficult to enforce.

List of Stormfront Titles

  • The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
  • Eragon (2006)
  • Forgotten Realms: Demon Stone (2004)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • Blood Wake (2001)
  • Legend of Alon D’ar (2001)
  • Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor (2001)
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf 2001 (2000)
  • My Style / My World: Kindergarten (2000)
  • My Style / My World: Pre-K (2000)
  • NASCAR 2000 (1999)
  • Hot Wheels Turbo Racing (1999)
  • Starfire Soccer Challenge (1998)
  • NASCAR Racing 1999 Edition (1998)
  • Madden NFL ’98 (1997)
  • Byzantine: The Betrayal (1997)
  • La Russa Baseball 4 (1997)
  • Andretti Racing ’98 (1997)
  • NASCAR Racing 1999 Edition (1997)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996)
  • Andretti Racing (1996)
  • Madden NFL ’97 (1996)
  • La Russa Baseball ’96 (1996)
  • Old Time Baseball (1995)
  • La Russa Baseball 3 (1995)
  • ESPN National Hockey Night (1995)
  • Mario Andretti Racing (1994)
  • ESPN Baseball Tonight (1994)
  • Eagle Eye Mysteries in London (1994)
  • La Russa Baseball ‘95 (1994)
  • La Russa Baseball II (1994)
  • Rebel Space (1993-95)
  • Tony La Russa Ultimate Baseball (1993) (1993)
  • Stronghold (1993)
  • Eagle Eye Mysteries (1993)
  • Treasures of the Savage Frontier (1992)
  • Neverwinter Nights (1991-97)
  • Tony La Russa Ultimate Baseball (1991)
  • Gateway to the Savage Frontier (1991)
  • Quantum Space (1989-1992)

Pages in category "Stormfront Studios"

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